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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: March 23rd, 2011

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    Anticipation runs high this week with two reunited ‘S’ bands – the Strokes and Soundgarden – releasing albums, plus many more long-awaited new releases and reissues. So let’s not wait any longer!

    The StrokesAngles (RCA)
    Ten years after their breakthrough debut, the Strokes return from an extended hiatus with their hotly anticipated fourth album, Angles, available on 180-gram gatefold vinyl. All five band members contribute to the songwriting for the first time, making this latest effort one part back-to-basics and the other part varied as ever in its Thin Lizzy riffs, math rock, pomp, and new wave angles.

    Soundgarden Live on I-5, Telephantasm (A&M)
    Two new releases from a recently reunited Soundgarden, available on double and triple 180-gram vinyl (respectively). Live on I-5 compiles tracks recorded during the West Coast leg of the Seattle grunge band’s 1996 tour and plays like a greatest hits album with its live versions of “Spoonman,” “Fell on Black Days,” “Burden in My Hand,” and Chris Cornell’s solo performance of “Black Hole Sun”  in Seattle. Also included are covers of the Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” and the Stooges’ “Search and Destroy.” Telephantasm is a career-spanning retrospective of hits and rarities that includes the previously unreleased “Black Rain” from the Badmotorfinger recording sessions.

    Chicago Chicago VI reissue (Friday Music)
    Chicago’s sixth album was one of the band’s best selling releases. It features the hits “Just You ‘N’ Me” and “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day,” as well as the original lineup of Robert Lamm, Peter Cetera, Terry Kath, Lee Loughnane, Walter Parazaider, James Pankow, and Danny Seraphine. Thanks to Friday Music, this 1973 classic is now available on 180-gram audiophile vinyl.

    Howlin’ Wolf
    The Howlin’ Wolf Album reissue (Get On Down)
    This 1969 album was not the Chicago blues legend’s favorite. In fact, he didn’t like it at all and stated that right on the cover. Controversial as it was in its incorporation of electric instruments and psychedelic arrangements, it is now a classic electric blues album for that very reason, and is remastered here from the original tapes on Stoughton-pressed vinyl.

    Travis BarkerGive the Drummer Some (Interscope)
    For his solo debut, the Blink-182 drummer and hip-hop producer enlists a host of guest stars including Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, Raekwon, RZA, Slash, Tom Morello, Cypress Hill, Busta Rhymes, the Transplants, Ludacris, Slaughterhouse, Kid Cudi, and Lupe Fiasco (just to name a few). Double vinyl LP pressing.

    Dead KennedysGive Me Convenience or Give Me Death, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables reissues (Manifesto)
    These two 180-gram vinyl reissues commemorate the beginning and the end of the San Francisco political punks’ run. Their classic 1980 debut, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, includes the hits “California Uber Alles,” “Kill the Poor,” “Holiday in Cambodia,” and a cover of “Viva Las Vegas,” while Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death, a 1987 compilation of singles, rarities, and live tracks released during the band’s final hour, features all the essentials like “Police Truck,” “Too Drunk to Fuck,” “I Fought The Law,” and single versions of “California Uber Alles” and “Holiday in Cambodia.”

    Seu JorgeCarolina reissue (Mr Bongo)
    The debut album from the Brazilian singer-songwriter/actor who sang Portuguese Bowie covers in the film The Life Aquatic reissued as double vinyl LP. Produced in collaboration with Beastie Boys producer Mario Caldato, Jr. and originally released in Brazil as Samba Esporte Fino, Carolina is modern samba funk with a nod to (and a cover of) classic Brazilian greats like Jorge Ben Jor.

    Primal ScreamScreamadelica: 20th Anniversary Limited Collection Box Set, Import (Sony UK)
    The 1991 album that revolutionized British rock by incorporating acid house, techno, and rave culture has been remastered by My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields, and is included in this limited-edition box set as a gatefold double LP. Also included is a CD of remixes, a CD featuring a 1992 live performance of the album in Los Angeles, a Making of Screamadelica DVD, a 12-inch slipmat, tour t-shirt, and a book of exclusive photos and interviews.

    Zion I & the Grouch Heroes in the Healing of the Nation (HBD Label Group)
    Though it’s been five years since their 2006 critically acclaimed debut, Heroes in the City of Dope, the West Coast hip-hop stalwarts’ sophomore collaboration couldn’t be more timely, especially in its expanded focus from city to nation.

    The Soundtrack of Our LivesGolden Greats, No. 1 (Little W Productions)
    The first greatest hits compilation from the Swedish psychedelic indie-rock band is a career-spanning double LP featuring remastered TSOOL classics as well as the new single “Earthmover,” the never before released “Karmageddon,” and the vinyl-only bonus track “Demophon.”

    Acid House Kings Music Sounds Better with You (Labrador)
    Six years after their last release, Sweden’s Acid House Kings return with this perfectly crafted twee-pop album. As sweet as its name, Music Sounds Better with You features 10 single-worthy pop gems bursting with sunny melodies, ’60s French-pop inspiration, and castanets.

    Diplo Riddimentary (Greensleeves/VP Records)
    A mix-tape style compilation curated by the Philadelphia DJ, Riddimentary digs deep into the UK reggae label Greensleeves’ archives and chronicles reggae’s ascent from dub to dancehall in the ’80s.

    Yellowcard When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes (Hopeless Records)
    Yellowcard’s first release since 2007’s Paper Walls kicks off a year of high profile pop-punk releases from the likes of Sum 41, New Found Glory, and Blink-182. Matching the energy and emotion of Yellowcard’s 2003 success Ocean Avenue, When You’re Through Thinking also marks the band’s return to an indie label after a three album run on Capitol Records.

    Keren Ann 101 (Blue Note)
    The Paris/Tel Aviv/NYC artist’s first album since 2007’s self-titled LP, 101 was entirely self-produced and self-penned. The cool, electro chamber pop of opener “My Name Is Trouble” fits the international lady of mystery/femme fatale cover art, and finds the chanteuse expanding her sound in alluring new ways.

    Ringo DeathstarrColour Trip (Sonic Unyon)
    Though they share a name with a Beatle and a Star Wars space station, this Austin, Texas noise-pop trio shares a sonic bloodline with UK shoegazers like Slowdive, the Jesus and Mary Chain, and My Bloody Valentine, giving them the right to spell ‘colour’ with a ‘u’.

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